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5 Planner Productivity Tips To Help You Crush Your Goals

Feb 21, 2019 | Intentional Living | 3 comments

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Do you find yourself always buying a planner, telling yourself that you’re going to finally get organized and on track?

You get home, excitedly break out your new planner and fancy pens and begin scribbling away, planning how you’re going to be a whole new you.

And then a week goes by and you don’t even know where the planner went.

Ya, guilty!

That was until I found the planner of my dreams and learned how to use it effectively.

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You must be thinking, “how does she not know how to use a planner!”

Well, of course I’m capable of writing down goals, appointments, to-do lists, etc.

The problem was that I didn’t know how to record this information in the most efficient way possible in order to increase productivity.

It’s fine and dandy to write down “write five blog posts this week!” in the notes section of your planner.

But what are the action-packed steps you’re going to take to actually accomplish that goal?

That’s where these handy tips come in.

Since I started using my planner this way, I have been more productive than ever before.

Consider these 5 helpful tips to stick to using your planner and actually accomplishing all those goals you’re so excited about!

Planner Productivity Tip #1:  Find your perfect planner

I strongly believe that you won’t be able to effectively use a planner until you find a planner that you actually enjoy using.

I’m not talking about a planner that’s cute and visually appealing (although, also important).

I’m talking about a planner that has all the bells and whistles!

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Cuz, if you don’t have a planner that you love, it is hard to use it effectively.

My all-time favorite planner is by Erin Condren.

The Life Planner is easy to use and comes with everything you could ever want from a planner.

It includes:

  • Vertical, horizontal, or hourly daily planning pages
  • Goal Setting Worksheets
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Two-Page Monthly Overviews
  • Monthly Notes
  • Two-Page 2020 Future Planning Page
  • Folder
  • Stickers

Seriously, Erin Condren’s Life Planner helps me plan out and accomplish my goals every single day.

I would be lost without it.

Planner Productivity Tip #2:  Make time for your planner

You can’t plan for things if you don’t have a time dedicated to planning, right?!

Whether it is once a month, week, or day, find the time to sit down with your planner and fill in your goals and action steps for the month/week/day.

This way, you’ll have to simply glance at your planner each morning to know your schedule for work, appointments, to-do’s, and more.

I like to cozy up with my planner once a week, usually on Sunday’s, to plan out my upcoming week.

PRO TIP:  Try a planner with time-slots to increase accountability + productivity.

I am far more efficient at getting something done if it is scheduled at a specific time during the day.

Planner Productivity Tip #3:  How To Utilize Your Monthly Calendar

Use your monthly calendar for big picture stuff only!

Ugh, I used to squeeze soooo much information into the monthly spreads in my planner.

I mean, it was mainly because I used to buy planners that only had monthly spreads, hah!

But, also because I didn’t know any planner productivity hacks.

Use your monthly spread for big picture things like,

  • big-picture monthly goals
  • bill due dates
  • appointment times

 

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This makes it easier to get an overall feel for what your month looks like at a glance, but doensn’t overwhelm you with tons of information.

Related Resource:  Click to explore our membership-only resource library where you’ll find daily, weekly, and monthly planner printables (like the one featured above).

Planner Productivity Tip #4:  How To Utilize Your Weekly + Daily Planner Pages

Your weekly and/or daily spread is where you can really get down to business with your goals and tasks.

This where you should plan out your action steps to achieve the goals you wrote down on your monthly calendar.

I tend to focus on three goals each month,

  • one personal,
  • one health-related,
  • and one career-related.

Then, in your weekly and/or daily spread, write down the action-steps you’re going to take to accomplish your goals.

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Now, you can wake up each morning, glance at your planner while eating breakfast and clearly see an outline of what needs to happen that day.

For example, if one of my big picture goals was to write five blog posts this month, my daily spread would include action-steps such as, “draft first post, edit post, create graphics for post.

Doing this has really, really, really helped with my productivity!

Related Resource:  Click to explore our membership-only resource library where you’ll find daily, weekly, and monthly planner printables (like the one featured above).

Planner Productivity Tip #5:  How To Utilize All That Blank Space

Is it just me, or do most planners have more notes pages than you know what to do with each month?

I never utilized these pages, until, a little light-bulb went off.

Now, I use these blank pages for:

  • important dates
  • memories
  • milestones
  • goals
  • random lists
  • quotes
  • gratitude

I love jotting down cute things my kids say, saving the dates of all their milestones, and adding small pictures to relive the moments. (Yes, I am that person who saves all of my planners, lol!)

The notes sections are also great for recording your thoughts and reflections.

Utilizing the blank space in my planner this way has made it so much more personal, and is a great, all-encompassing planner + journal.

**Bonus:  Take your productivity to the next level!

Do you often find yourself wishing for more time to get things done?  Juggling your work, your life, and your family is hard.  And, staying productive while balancing all of this is a daunting task that often leaves us overwhelmed and anxious.

But, I have something to help, something created by people who understand that you’re looking for practical productivity solutions that will work in your world.

It’s called The Ultimate Productivity Bundle and it was created and curated by people with real-life responsibilities just like you: they have families, work part- to full-time jobs or run businesses, don’t have personal assistants or the budget for hiring lots of extra help.

Included are 5 eBooks, 14 eCourses + videos, and 26 printables + workbooks, all for only $37.

Check out the Ultimate Productivity Bundle!

How do you use your planner to be the most productive at accomplishing your goals?

HAPPY PLANNING,

xx Michelle

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